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thanks for joining it's new york police have reportedly used pepper spray and batons on and he wall street protesters have been trying to break through a barricade to separating them and the stock exchange demonstrations keep on spreading across the country with a rally is now entering its third week off his ring of britain are brings us the details from new york. the most recent event that took place was when the protesters that were gathered down on wall street tried to push through barricades and the police that were there as you can see in the video started swinging but taunts at the protesters and also using pepper spray against all those that were closest to the police officers clearly i know their clash taking place as occupy wall street demonstrations have entered its third week now this was the pinnacle of the largest demonstration that has taken place thus far between ten and twenty thousand people were down in lower manhattan to come out to speak out and
support the activists of occupy wall street we saw more than thirty different unions we saw transportation workers nurses teachers students not only in new york city but throughout the country walked out of school to take part in these demonstrations and what these people are saying is that they are sick of corporations and financial institutions and the u.s. politicians working hand in hand while the majority of americans are suffering under an economic crisis they don't like the way that corporations are influencing politics and they believe that their elected officials need to begin working for all americans not just the richest ones they're not just taking place in new york we've seen them in boston l.a. chicago they are spreading and there is clearly a sign because u.s. president barack obama held a press conference at the white house and he addressed this issue this growing movement don it's a movement that he cannot even ignore he said that the u.s.
economy needs. the financial institutions to help the economy grow he did criticize the republican led congress for not imposing more regulations but he did speak directly to the frustrations of americans here's what he had to say i think people are frustrated. the protesters or. giving voice to a more broad based frustration about how our financial system works is not just about the financial systems this is about as i mentioned corporate influence over u.s. politics and this includes us president obama himself when i spoke to many of the demonstrators out on the street they cited the campaign contributions that banks made to president obama when he was a kennedy in two thousand and eight goldman sachs contributed one million dollars
more than that j.p. morgan chase contributed to obama more than eight hundred thousand dollars to his campaign we should mention in two thousand and ten j.p. morgan chase made seventeen point four billion dollars in profits and made no taxes these demonstrators out on the streets know their numbers they have done their research they see how the campaign contributions. and the corporate rewards are going hand in hand they know their numbers and they are holding everyone accountable and that includes the u.s. president so he needs to sort of at least pay attention to what they're saying because the the frustration is not solely to the financial institutions. down on the occupy wall street protesters. who is an independent journalist these security forces that were just working off excess of money they were given. the police did receive voters at four point three million dollars from j.p. morgan chase just
a couple days ago to help secure and they're really hurting themselves and their image and they're showing what oppressive force there is to people who are just trying to peacefully walk down wall street i mean all these people want to do is they want to walk down the iconic new york stock exchange they want to walk down wall street and they're treating it they're treating us like we're dangerous terrorists so i do see the police being manipulated by these elites they're given the money and of course they're using tactics to try to squash us but that's only going to build us and make us a lot stronger. journalists and o'keefe i will treat. davidson told that independent media have no be protected from police brutality while covering the event. as an independent journalist i actually had my own sort of run in with the players i was arrested on the brooklyn bridge last week and seven hundred other people as i was filming and so were our live stream crews i was also knocked down by
a police officer on the front lines and me in the union square protests. and i think it's raised a lot of interesting questions about what the role of independent journalism is you know as we sort of move forward. i mean i know that on the brooklyn bridge there were a couple times reporters that were arrested as well but you know it's it's a little frustrating that we are never afforded any of the protection that the mainstream media would it would be given because ultimately we are there documented something that is happening. the u.n. human rights office have put the death toll in syria at two thousand nine hundred people since anti regime protests began in march however the truth about what's really going on in the country continues to prove difficult. story of how a power interest made an amazing reappearance. she was hailed as the flower of syria the symbol of the suffering under president bashar assad's brutal regime at least that's what much of the western media said after the apparent butchering of
zeinab. we have you pictures of what was done to xena corpse and they are simply too gruesome to air several western media outlets were quick to report al gore's knees gruesome death apparently the first woman killed in government custody but now it appears she's miraculously back from the dead even being interviewed on syrian t.v. . i came to the police station to see the truth this what i see to those line channels i'm now still alive not dead human rights groups like amnesty international jumped on the bandwagon to reporting out hosni was tortured murdered and mutilated it even claimed mother found the body in a morgue last month all assertions is now being forced to backtrack on this we will endeavor to be more cautious and phrase things a little bit more nuanced the state broadcaster says the interviews to dispel what it labels fabrications by foreign media to serve western interests in stories like
this that have been used to prop up calls from the u.s. britain and france for un sanctions to be slapped on syria but their foundations are now looking shakier than ever his footage religiously shows are normal to pro sound civilians being targeted by gun toting rebels say perhaps not the peaceful opposition they're often made out to be by the west that only seems to look one way this notion that the u.s. is now part of the pro-democracy russi regime is ridiculous they are jumping on their barrel where again is an opportunity to get out front of it and create this deceptive appearance while at the same time there's a porting the dictatorships that are aligned with them in the united nations and it's part of their empire russia and china vetoed a u.n. resolution for syria seeing through it as a potential cover for another libyan style intervention say may not be any oil this time but there's always an ulterior motive it's important as a geopolitical factor right next to israel
a country which obviously america and britain and the other western powers strongly support so that would be the political motive for vetoes of followed by a security council walkout from america over remarks during the syrian envoy speech but the u.s. promised to be back with another resolution and undoubtedly more dramatic evidence to drive the point home. other than its artsy london. russia and china vetoed a u.n. resolution on syria over concerns the mandate could pave the way for libya style intervention moscow says nature's actions in the rear haven't saved civilians but caused more casualties instead and constantine calls the child head of the stadium of foreign affairs commission the western powers should not take sides in syria and leave the country to find its own solution without traveled with definitely. see that it's not just just black and white with the government or the ruling both or it is which are bad and the opposition which is fairly good it's much much more
complicated the thought it is of syria are prepared to do more in order to introduce democratic reforms in the country so the syrian nation still has a chance of proceeding with the river aleutians i do not think the worst time for libya is over probably the military action of nato has saved some lives but it's equally that many casualties would have been awarded in this operation never took place not seeing that this military operation was the best option for the people of libya still nato one still stays there and i am sure that they will stay there for many weeks and months ahead and this is definitely not in accordance with the only solution by the security council this resolution is brutally violated by the nato countries which would dissipate and disappear. elsewhere in the world
a nato led campaign has sparked a decade long war still ahead here this hour american troops and the out of conflict where u.s. soldiers played out what it stands at stay in the water hole country as top military commanders and lead the mission will be much longer than expected. and grows that the eurozone is falling deeper into recession finance cheap plans to save god the region's banks it's been announced they'll receive forty billion euros or emergency loans from the european central bank and will continue to get as much money as they need for at least a year doubts that the next bailout installment for greece will actually go ahead and the fallout from the country's resulting default would do a severe blow to your banking sector in greece itself the latest winter for our nation wise try turned violent as police fired tear gas on angry crowds of tear he protested the government is imposing out of its people trying to cap
a massive debt of some three hundred and fifty billion euros the country ground to a halt as workers moved out journal strike leaving flights grounded and hospitals relying on emergency stop. as more of the great capital. anger in syntagma square once again bearing witness to clashes between riot police furious protest is very going to take that back around here again. i mean you know we're thankful larry. and the pensions really been my thing as a police moved in to clear the crowds some shocking scenes at one point the police chasing protesters into the metro station many others hit and kicked by they supposed to be keeping control of the message being sent by the government is one of repression and fear. scenes like this raise serious questions about the level of
force being used. to priors. the forty three year old journalist he's reported from many conflicts but it was in his own country where he sustained his worst injury. i just remember thinking is this really happening in greece i took shelter in an enclosure. and one policeman who i think was a commander asked in a very rude taking pictures i told him i was a journalist but he gave an order and i had one of the flash bangs thrown at me these are some pictures i took. the place he taken shelter amplified the sound of the flash bang causing almost total darkness and injury which has cost me less his job. after the attack i would call it an accident it was an attack my life's been like a small how. an investigation was launched into the incident but progress has been slow a finalist tells us countless cases both against heavy handed police tactics and need to have any kind of results we witness for ourselves the lack of discrimination when the police lash out when journalists flung with his camera to
the ground the rise in the level of aggression seen by both the police and the more extreme groups of protesters is causing serious concern with the government continuing to implement severe austerity measures in a bid to receive further bailout cash pensions looks set to keep escalating i think . the impact of the financial crisis is being played out blow by blow on syntagma square there are now fears that the financial crisis turn into an economic recession could bring the entire usa not just the greek people to their knees surface r.t.
. meanwhile german chancellor angela merkel says that bolstering europe's spying scene needs to be considered as they can content sovereign debt crisis simmers but economic analyst michael ross told r.t. that berlin will be the one to suffer from with attempts to save the hugh. it's always difficult to tell what happens if you really let greed is when corrupt or let go some banks bankrupt the banks are now all on the actu in order already and i think what they discussed in berlin or between. is to keep germany more or less as a hostage we have to stick on the euro we have to stick on the you we cannot leave it we must stick together and give all our money until the system completely breaks on the other hand we have also to take account of what is the e.c.b. and when i look to the steps that were announced i can only see the e.c.b. is committing suicide our central bank is committing suicide on the one hand helping banks with billions and billions they are buying junk bonds billiton
billions i mean where does this lead to it's one of the last confidence of the nail the last nail of the coffin of our central bank. that is economic analyst michael ross with his assessment of what propping up banks. washington is threatening to leave unesco without american cash as the world education and heritage group a step closer to allowing palestine to join the us gives tens of millions of dollars to unesco but can't legally fund any one body that admits and nonmember the culture group has agreed to put the palestinian bid to its members for approval by the end of the month it's a key diplomatic victory for the palestinians said the you are the head of the world or at statehood however there is still fears opposition from washington which says a legitimate state can only be achieved through direct talks with israel. something isn't agreed this hour millions around the world will in the death of his
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and daily beast translucent images which give a fresh access to reality is surreal books explore the internet shelved life and how been translated into more than sixty languages the eighty year old literary most it will receive their award at a ceremony in december. death toll from two renshaw rains have battered thailand for months has risen to two hundred and thirty seven millions of people in twenty eight style provinces have been displaced by and let's flooding overfilled dams up way and water logged the country's central region more rain is expected to hit the recovering nation in the coming days. when are heading into the ten year anniversary of the u.s. invasion of afghanistan it was on october the seventh two thousand and one when the war there began an out of the ruling taliban refused to hand over nine eleven mastermind osama bin laden but
a decade on the troops are still there and told jail suggested the current was drawn deadline of twenty fourteen may still be too soon former cia officer philip giraldi says washington infighting over there was draw of troops is having a toxic effect on the decision making process. well i think the the there are two different assessments taking place here the one assessment is a political assessment where the president of the united states who is up for reelection wants very much to make it look like the war in afghanistan is ending so he was the one that basically was pushing for twenty fourteen now if you would if you look at the assessments that the military has been making for some time now those assessments have always been much more pessimistic they have basically and in some cases said that the u.s. would be there after twenty fifteen and other cases they've said the u.s. will be there for many years and with that without any date being suggested for example the british commander in afghanistan has suggested just that that this is
a war that cannot be successfully concluded so i think this is a question of the military giving its assessment which is pessimistic any politician giving his assessment which is more optimistic for political reasons. to. be sure to bring peace and stability to the. left. if you want more news and coverage stay tuned don't forget to visit our website home and here are some of the stories you'll find there right now. in the cia has allegedly authorized drone strikes against dangerous americans abroad but isn't the citizens
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today i'm talking to basel eastwood's he's a former u.k. ambassador to syria he was serving in damascus between nine hundred ninety six and two thousand the situation's changed a lot since then and we're going to talk about what the situation on the ground is like now mr eastwood thank you very much for talking to us today now russia have been these that assets deserves at least some credit for trying to instigate some kind of reform do you agree well if you will seriously trying he tried to little too late and his efforts have been totally undermined by the. violence that has been used on the peaceful demonstrators so that for every. death it becomes that much more difficult to conceive of any solution which leaves him and his coterie in power so from hit you don't think there's any way back for us that i think frankly . the best one can hope for is some sort of negotiated transition.
might give him a way out. but it's very difficult to see how he can stay in power in the long run in the short run yes by increasing repression he can say that . but in the longer run. transition to him that i mean if assad is that a genuine opposition that could feasibly take control in any kind of facts it way. that is the the major problem the nature of the opposition is or the demonstrations is that they have been so largely spontaneous that there is no very coherent leadership and the various attempts to bring together. leadership behind a unified proposal for an alternative have so far failed but it's becoming clearer and clearer i think to the man in the street in syria that they've got to have
a good alternative proposition if regime change is to be. not only credible but to happen without massive bloodshed and destruction so that the pressure is on the various. aspects of the opposition to come together and form an alternative proposition so you think that the opposition in syria is less organized and cohesive than it is in libya it's much more complicated certainly. because whereas in libya you have an opposition that is has come together to fight a military campaign in syria you have an opposition. that is come together behind calls for peaceful demonstrations with the sole aim of now of. removing the regime but that has not required the same
sort of coordination that the opposition has had to acquire in in libya and what do you think of me down from the outside since specifically we've already seen a u.n. paste oil embargo case on syria with threats of further action if the situation doesn't praise what form do you think they sanctions could take in and who do you think they'll affect the maze depends what the sanctions are i would hope that the sanctions will be rather carefully targeted. at particular individuals. and that's the course that has been followed so far except for the oil sanctions basically as the net is expanded to capture more of the to big business men who have worked alongside the regime and who have probably tacitly supported it in the past. so the tendency will be will be increasing pressure on them. to ditch the regime and find some other way of securing their
interests how likely do you think it is that syria could tell into another maybe a tight situation i sincerely hope that it won't what is remarkable so far is the extent to which the opposition has remained nonviolent there have been episodes of violence. which is understandable in a country where there's quite a lot of weaponry around. and violence is being used against the people. but so far it has been largely nonviolent there are increasing calls amongst the opponents of the regime saying you know we've got to use violence i sincerely hope they will those calls will be resisted so i don't think it's going to turn into that sort of . civil war type of confrontation i also think it's inconceivable that any outside
powers would want to intervene militarily in a situation which is so complicated on the ground it's very difficult to see how any sort of outside intervention would help indeed it would probably hinder because it's the one thing that might bring all the syrians together in opposition to outside intervention so i just don't see that happening i think that's well realized amongst those who are most loud in condemnation of the syrian regime bethany's to thank you very much for the top pleasure.